- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
I’d like to thank Steny Hoyer (Letters, Feb. 27) for taking the time to remind us who to blame for this week’s financial crisis. It’s funny how we only hear from Steny when it’s time to spread the blame, so it’s not surprising that he’s telling us to blame Republicans.
I will give him credit for pointing out the obvious in his opening line, “The Congress is dysfunctional.” It is indeed, Steny; Congress is truly dysfunctional, and you, as a member in the leadership of the Democratic Party, should accept and acknowledge that you are part of that dysfunctional body and share equal responsibility for the state of its affairs.
But no … it’s the Republicans’ fault alone. And please listen closely when he tells you that it doesn’t really matter that the sequestration that threatens our national security, the bill he voted for and now fears will destroy our country, was President Obama’s contribution to earlier debt negotiations, and don’t you dare question how irresponsible and foolish it is to put that type of pressure on such a dysfunctional body of incompetent asses and not expect the result were seeing today. And please don’t mention that House Republicans passed two bills that would replace sequestration, two bills Steny voted against, only to see those bills die in the Democrat-controlled Senate. But do go on trusting Steny when he tells you it’s entirely the Republicans’ fault.
Steny would like us to believe that there is still hope that Democrats will agree to some budget cuts to help avoid the $85 billion in sequester cuts. Congress needs to trim just 2.3 percent of the federal budget to avoid this. He’d like us to believe that Republicans will give in to demands for another round of tax hikes on the rich. I have no such hope, and deep inside I believe Steny also knows there’s no hope. It has become abundantly clear that these two parties are not capable of compromise.
For the past three years we’ve been listening to this administration preach to us that if only the wealthy paid their fair share, America would see a recovery like never before. Our president campaigned on the promise that increasing taxes on the rich would “stabilize our debt and deficits for the next decade.” That turned out to be a lie. Obama got his tax increase on the rich, to the tune of $50 billion a year, then Congress spent $70 billion on Sandy relief and that was that; add the difference to the debt. They could have adopted an amendment that would have paid for the relief by cutting federal spending by one-half of 1 percent. It was easier to just add it to the debt.
If it’s impossible for Congress to cut one-half of 1 percent of the budget for Sandy relief, or 2.3 percent to avoid sequestration, how can this group of “leaders” possibly come together to eliminate the $1.3 trillion deficits we’ve been running for the past seven years?
Steny’s letter was published on the 1,400th day since Congress passed a budget; 1,400 days and $5.3 trillion of new debt since the Congress has done its constitutionally required obligation.
There was once a time in American politics when members of Congress had honor, and that honor would preclude them from considering passing on to the next generation a country in worse condition then they were given; to pass on the level of debt we’ve amassed would have been unthinkable. As for Steny and his colleagues in Congress, there is no honor.
Chuck Corbin, Tall Timbers